Eating Red Grapefruit Fights Heart Disease
Recent studies have shown that eating red grapefruit can actually fight heart disease. Also, those who already have heart disease can eat red grapefruit to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. It has been proven many times that the leading cause of heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease. With coronary heart disease, the vessels that supply blood to the heart become hard and narrowed with plaque. This increases the risk of a heart attack.
There are certain medications called statins that are used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Statins become important in plaque formation. If the arteries going to the heart become too blocked, this will increase the disease chances and the patient may need coronary artery bypass surgery to allow the blood flow to go around what ever arteries may be blocked.
The easiest way to prevent coronary heart disease is to exercise on a regular basis and to eat foods that are low in saturated fats and high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, fiber and fish fat. You will to exercise on a daily basis with activities such as walking 20 minutes a day or running 2 miles on the treadmill. Now the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables are that they are high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Red grapefruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C and also contains pigments that have a high concentrate of antioxidants.
There was recently a study that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This study looks at the effect that red grapefruit had on cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients who had coronary artery disease. There were 57 participants who ate a low-fat diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. During the study, random participants were given one red grapefruit per day, one yellow grapefruit per day or no grapefruit at all. The participants that ate the grapefruits each day experienced a large drop in total cholesterol as well as LDL or bad cholesterol levels. With the participants that ate the red grapefruit, their triglyceride levels dropped as well.
The researchers in the study compared red and yellow grapefruits to red grapefruits and found that red grapefruits had increased levels of specific antioxidant chemicals and those that ate the red grapefruit had higher levels of antioxidants in their body than those who ate the yellow grapefruit.
One thing that the study results do not tell is whether red grapefruit actually reduces the number of heart attacks in people that have coronary artery disease or whether grapefruit actually protect people that currently do not have coronary artery disease.
The only thing that people need to keep in mind when taking red grapefruit to fight heart disease is that red grapefruit does interact with certain medications so it is important to check with your doctor before doing this.